Young Writers Cohort

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The Young Writers Cohort is an opportunity for young writers who are deeply committed to their writing craft and are seeking deeper literary and community engagement. The Young Writers Cohort is a competitive school year round program that offers an MFA-like experience for talented high school aged writers. Each cohort member devotes over 80 hours over eight months to workshopping, studying contemporary poetry and prose, submitting work to literary journals and presses, and attending readings and events. The Cohort is responsible for promoting and emceeing Stage Fright, the monthly open mic, and supporting other youth initiatives at Hugo House and in the Seattle arts community.

The Young Writers Cohort is selected on the basis of a written application. We are looking for youth who have a strong commitment to writing and who have a desire to work in a fun and collaborative team environment. However, no prior experience in a similar program is necessary. The application is open to writers of all interests, levels of experiences, and backgrounds.

Commitment Requirements:

  • 10 hours commitment per month–spent attending Cohort meetings, emceeing Stage Fright, writing and revising new work, attending readings and events, researching literary journals and presses, and more
  • Bi-weekly cohort meetings at Hugo House on Wednesdays, 4-6pm
  • Attend and host 3 open mic nights from 7:00-8:00pm
  • School year commitment from October to the end of May

2020 Cohort Meeting Dates












Applications have closed for the 2019-2020 Young Writers Cohort.

Please check back in Summer 2020 to apply for the 2020-2021 Cohort!

This is an unpaid humanities-focused volunteer opportunity. Participation can be used as a personal or academic project. For any questions, please reach out to Youth Programs Director at